Susan Tompor: University of Michigan economists: Vaccine could boost U.S. growth in 2021
The outlook continues to be clouded by COVID-19 but a team of University of Michigan economists sees encouraging signs that could bring economic life close to normal by the end of 2021.Much, though, will depend on how readily a vaccine becomes available by next summer.The annual U.S. Economic Outlook, released Thursday morning, indicated that the real gross domestic product is expected to rise by 4.2% in 2021.Real GDP is expected to decline by 3.6% year-over-year in 2020, according to the U-M forecast.“Regardless of what happens in the near term with the virus, I think the recovery will be pre...
Detroit Free Press
Album reviews: The War on Drugs, Nick Cave, Tanya Tucker
The War on Drugs“Live Drugs”(Super High Quality *** 1/2)Adam Granduciel is a perfectionist, a studio obsessive who builds up the War on Drugs’ atmospheric music from painstakingly layered guitars and keyboards on songs that cast a hypnotic spell as they embark on journeys of discovery.Acclaimed albums like 2014’s “Lost in the Dream” and 2017’s Grammy-winning “A Deeper Understanding” are the product of Granduciel’s vision. But the Drugs are anything but a one-man band.The other five members of the Philadelphia sextet, beginning with bass player Dave Hartley, all make key contributions to the Dr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The greatness of Caribbean writer Jean Rhys
Moderator Shahidha Bari (top left) discusses the impact of the late writer Jean Rhys on Caribbean literature with American writer, translator and academic Lauren Elkin (top right), British novelist and journalist Linda Grant (bottom left), and Trinidadian poet and book blogger Shivanee Ramlochan (bottom right) during an online event on November 19, 2020 facilitated by the Royal Society of Literature, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and the British Library. Screenshot taken from the livestream of the event.The late Dominica-born writer Jean Rhys, best known for her novel “Wide Sargasso Sea” — a creative...
Review: 'Small Axe,' a London anthology on Amazon Prime and a 2020 screen highlight
“Small Axe.” Huge, beautiful, vibrant impact. Here, reader, is some of the richest and most rewarding viewing around right now. And right now is when we need it.The first three BBC films in co-writer and director Steve McQueen’s five-part London anthology, narratively disconnected but a wondrous whole nonetheless, premiered on Amazon Prime Friday, with new installments added weekly. I can’t force you to watch it. I can only try to convey why these stories (many from real life), taking place among London’s West Indian communities in the late 1960s through the 1980s, have so much to offer to any...
Economists: Vaccine could boost US growth in 2021
DETROIT — The outlook continues to be clouded by COVID-19 but a team of University of Michigan economists sees encouraging signs that could bring economic life close to normal by the end of 2021.Much, though, will depend on how readily a vaccine becomes available by next summer.The annual U.S. Economic Outlook, released Thursday morning, indicated that the real gross domestic product is expected to rise by 4.2% in 2021.Real GDP is expected to decline by 3.6% year-over-year in 2020, according to the U-M forecast.“Regardless of what happens in the near term with the virus, I think the recovery w...
Detroit Free Press
In this holiday season of streaming options, it's confinement vs. escapism. Plus courtroom drama.
Watching “Schitt’s Creek,” a pre-pandemic Canadian production that has become a binge staple in millions of mid-pandemic U.S. households, you may find something odd happening around the middle of Season 3. The motel room where much of it takes place starts to remind you, with every new exterior establishing shot, that you’re in lockdown, in late 2020, watching a comedy of confinement. This is getting away from it all?I like and occasionally love “Schitt’s Creek,” but it’s no wonder many of the same millions have fallen for “The Queen’s Gambit,” [the seven\-part streaming phenomenon](Evoking th...
Captain Comics: 2 great graphic novels
Staying at home due to COVID is the perfect time to catch up on reading. Here are two primo graphic novels I practically inhaled this week:THE NEIL GAIMAN LIBRARY VOLUME 1 HCDark Horse Books, $49.99Normally an anthology is hit or miss, but this one is written entirely by geek royalty Neil Gaiman, which is sure-fire. And the art, while covering a wide range of styles, never veers into the unpalatable.This book is the first in a series collecting the Gaiman stories adapted to comics (the second is already being solicited for Nov. 24). There are four stories, all of them well-developed standalone...
Tribune News Service
Up to $1,500 off: California rolls out a new incentive program for clean cars
In another example of California encouraging drivers to buy zero- or low-emissions vehicles, the California Air Resources Board and the state’s utilities have teamed up to launch a program offering a discount of up to $1,500 on the purchase or lease of new electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids.Called the California Clean Fuel Reward, the program is open to all residents of the Golden State, provided they register the vehicles with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.“The goal of the program is to accelerate the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on California’s roads and highways,” Sandy Be...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Review: 'Into the Unbounded Night,' by Mitchell James Kaplan
“Into the Unbounded Night” by Mitchell James Kaplan; Regal House (262 pages, $16.95)———Admirers of “By Fire, By Water,” Mitchell James Kaplan’s accomplished 2010 work of historical fiction, will find his second novel no less captivating. “Into the Unbounded Night” is set in first-century Rome, where, despite the tyrannical regime, Judeans fight, sometimes against each other, for freedom and on behalf of various strains of monotheism, even as early Christianity is unfolding. That’s an ambitious and complex story to tell, but Kaplan has studied deep into history and relays it via six characters ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Certain mouthwash formulas might kill coronavirus in saliva, new UK study suggests
Multiple mouthwashes containing certain active ingredients “eradicated” the coronavirus in lab tests conducted on synthetic saliva, British scientists claim in a new study shared online this week.Researchers from Cardiff University posted the findings on the preprint bioRxiv server used by the scientific community to solicit peer review ahead of possible publication in a journal.“During a 30-second exposure, two rinses containing cetylpyridinium chloride and a third with ethanol (and) ethyl lauroyl arginate eliminated live virus,” the scientists said.The products they tested that contained cet...
New York Daily News